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5A-11 girls basketball: Boca Ciega cruises to crown

Boca Ciega’s Tory Stephens goes up for the shot against Gibbs’ Ashley Tucker. Stephens finished with 21 points, tying Tamara Taylor for the team lead.

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times

Boca Ciega’s Tory Stephens goes up for the shot against Gibbs’ Ashley Tucker. Stephens finished with 21 points, tying Tamara Taylor for the team lead.

ST. PETERSBURG — Boca Ciega guard Latavia Dempsey caught the ball on the wing, looked a little surprised to be so open, took a step forward and swished a 3-pointer.

A few seconds later, Dempsey caught the ball on the wing, looked a little surprised to be so open, took a step forward and swished a 3-pointer.

A minute later, Dempsey caught the ball at the top of the key, looked a little surprised to be so open, took a step forward …well, you get the picture.

"They were leaving us open, and we just took advantage,'' said Dempsey, after the Pirates captured the Class 5A, District 11 championship with a 68-49 victory over Gibbs on Saturday night.

Making their 17th straight appearance in the district final, the Pirates (26-3) used a torrent of 3s in the third quarter to put away the 21-4 Gladiators.

Dempsey hit three of them in a 2:13 span, and Tamara Taylor sandwiched a pair around one off the glass from Tory Stephens.

Dempsey (19 points) and Taylor (21 points) added one more each in the final quarter as Bogie made 8-of-11 3-pointers in the second half.

"They are deadly from 3-point range, and we didn't contest them,'' said Gibbs coach Angela Meiser.

Gibbs had nothing to match Bogie, starting the game by missing their first eight shots. The Gladiators never led but only trailed 26-22 at the half behind nine points from sophomore Kamika Idom.

But they were outscored 29-16 after enduring Bogie's third-quarter 3 spree.

As badly as Gibbs shot in the first half (10-for-39), it misfired more in the second half, shooting 6 for 36 to finish at 21 percent for the game.

Bogie was also able to hold Fahran Franklin scoreless after she had 17 points in the semifinals.

Idom finished with a game-high 26 points to pace Gibbs.

Stephens had 21 to tie Taylor, her sister, for top honors for Bogie.

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5A-11 girls basketball: Boca Ciega cruises to crown 02/07/09 [Last modified: Saturday, February 7, 2009 11:41pm]
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